Bouncing Back after a Difficult Grade

We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  Their advice is below.


Everyone is going to eventually experience a moment where they feel like a failure.  We’re all wonderful students and have defined at least part of our lives by that.  But there may be a moment where you feel like you failed.  For me it was when I got a C on an Anthropology test (I had had all A’s in all of my classes and I was devastated).  I want to tell you that one thing does not define you, and it won’t screw up your future, and that “failure” is the only way you can get better. If you continue to work hard and pursue what you want to be doing academically, nothing can stop you.

Believe in your intellectual capabilities.

It is OK to make a few bad grades at first, don’t freak out- everyone around you is trying to adjust too! I promise it is not the end of the world and that if you study hard and stay committed, your final grade will reflect that.

If you have to repeat a class, it is not the end of the world.


Editorial note:  The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had students responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a student offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the student commentators, not the views of the Parent Programs office or Wake Forest.